Gulf Islands National Seashore closing Davis Bayou Area and Mississippi islands at 5 p.m. Wednesday
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WXXV) — Gulf Islands National Seashore officials are closing the Davis Bayou Area and Mississippi islands at 5 p.m. ahead of Hurricane Delta.
They say Davis Bayou Area, Horn Island, Petit Bois Island, and West Petit Bois Island, as well as the National Park Service-owned portion of Cat Island will close Wednesday, October 7 at 5 p.m., in anticipation of intense winds, rough seas, and heavy rain that will impact these areas.
A mandatory evacuation of the Davis Bayou Campground will occur Wednesday, October 7, with all campers expected to leave the area by 12:00 p.m.
The severe weather is anticipated to cause flooding of roads and coastal areas.
The Davis Bayou Area and Mississippi islands will remain closed until further notice. Park staff will assess conditions once the weather passes and throughout the next few days and announce updates as appropriate.
On Saturday, September 12, the National Park Service (NPS) closed all areas and islands of Gulf Islands National Seashore in advance of Hurricane Sally impacting the Gulf Coast.
The Davis Bayou Area reopened to the public on Friday, September 18 and the Mississippi islands including, Horn, Petit Bois, and West Petit Bois islands, as well as the NPS-owned portion of Cat Island reopened to the public on Thursday, September 24.
Due to observed damage on Ship Island, additional assessments and stabilization actions need to be taken